Be wary of the lattes at your local coffee shop, as they're often loaded with extra sugar and empty calories. Pure coffee beans contain powerful health-boosting antioxidants. Don't erase these benefits with a waistline expanding helping of whole milk and added sugar. Opt for regular coffee and add a splash of your own cream and zero-calorie sweetener—or try to drink it black.
Carolyn, agree completely, a plant-based Mediterranean style diet is the best diet for health. That includes some whole grains, ideally in intact form (such as farro, quinoa, and brown rice), some healthy proteins and fats (legumes, nuts, seeds, fish, chicken), and mostly fruits and veggies. Refined grains, like white flour and sugar, and everything made from them (bread, pastas, backed goods, cereals, et cetera) are the real culprit.
Hey Kate. Im 16 and I’ve been transitioning since April 2013. The back of my hair is natural but the front still has some relaxed ends. I get braids & leave them in for 2 or 3 months. & I oil my scalp 2 twice a Week. When I take my hair out I usually get blowouts at a Dominican salon & have them cut off some of my ends. This helps you not have to big chop until you have enough growth
From sugary drinks to breakfast cereal, it’s hard to get away from sugary foods. Often the sugar is hidden in canned goods or pre-packaged foods, or even in foods we think are healthy for us, such as fruit juice. The average person takes in about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. According to the American Heart Association the daily target should be no more than six level teaspoons for women, and nine for men—that’s for both food and beverages combined.
Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in helpless overeating. Snacking between meals can help control hunger, but snacking should not replace proper meals. For snacks, we could choose yoghurt, a handful of fresh or dried fruits or vegetables (like carrot sticks), unsalted nuts, or perhaps some bread with cheese.
You’ll learn that your hair will tell you what it needs and it’s critical that you pay attention to what it is telling you. Selecting your initial set of natural hair products is important and many naturals spend quite a bit of time trying new products in an attempt to find the perfect products (i.e., holy grail products) for their hair. You must get to know your hair to understand which products will work best for you.
Hi my name is Brenda and I am transitioning. It has been about 8 months since I have had a relaxer in my hair. I recently started using As I am, about 2 days ago. After finding that cantu jus don’t work for me. I am looking for a good regimen. I guess what I am saying is that I am clueless about going natural. I do know that I have a curl pattern already and my hair is thick and course. I do trim my hair about every month but I do know the perm is still on my ends or shall I say through out my hair. As far as a regimen I don’t have one. I just wash my hair once a week with Tressme and conditioner with tressemee, then I put the leave in conditioner–As I Am following with the As I Am double butter cream. Then I put twist in it. I take the twist out daily and re-twist. Please Help!!!!!!!
Most nutrition experts suggest getting between 20 and 35 percent of your daily calories from fat, and many now advocate for more. Be vigilant about including fat in the form of nutritious whole foods (think avocados, nuts, fish), healthy oils (cold-pressed olive, seed, nut), and some appetite-satisfying saturated-fat indulgences (real butter and cream, grassfed meats, coconut). 

Some popular beliefs attached to weight loss have been shown to either have less effect on weight loss as commonly believed or are actively unhealthy. According to Harvard Health, the idea of metabolism being the "key to weight" is "part truth and part myth" as while metabolism does affect weight loss, external forces such as diet and exercise have an equal effect.[44] They also commented that the idea of changing one's rate of metabolism is under debate.[44] Diet plans in fitness magazines are also often believed to be effective, but may actually be harmful by limiting the daily intake of important calories and nutrients which can be detrimental depending on the person and are even capable of driving individuals away from weight loss.[45]

I too have transitioned into the natural world without the BIG chop. I didn’t want to lose my length for those moments when I want to straighten my hair or rock a messy bun. It’s rough because now you have to deal with shrinkage closer to the roots and loose strands surrounding, but it is doable. I’ve been natural now for 1 year…and I absolutely LOVE my hair!! My nautal highlights are very profound and it’s very flattering. Especially since I’ve noticed my hair gets lighter as I get older. I have natural auburn and blonde highlights mixed heavily into my sandy brown hair. It’s always been naturally lighter in the warmer months, but it’s now lighter all year. I take advantage of my natural highlights and incorporate it into my natural texture and rock mostly a rebellious look. Hair speaks and mine speaks Loud 🙂 Have fun!


Smoking not only cuts your lifespan by affecting your internal organs, but it also ages you on the outside by causing skin damage. Tobacco smoking can give you wrinkles, create pucker lines around your mouth, stain your teeth and fingers, rob your skin of nutrients, break down youth-enhancing collagen and make your skin look grey. It makes you wonder how smoking is often marketed as glamorous and attractive.

4. DEEP CONDITION. While we recommend most customers deep condition every 2 weeks, 4C hair, in particular, thrives with weekly deep conditioning treatments. This will keep your hair healthy, bouncy, and shiny, and will prevent snagging and tangles. We recommend NaturAll Club's Avocado Deep Conditioner, which is a completely natural option. It provides moisture, slip, nourishment, and strength!
Proper scalp care is an important part of growing long healthy hair.  Neglecting your scalp can directly impact your hair growth.  Basic proper scalp care includes cleansing the scalp regularly by shampooing, cowashing, or using alternative cleansers and keeping the scalp moisturized. Scalp Massage helps to grow hair by stimulating blood flow to the scalp.  […]
I would like to say that I and all 4 of my daughters, which are all grown have natural hair. We do not use relaxers which strip and deplete the natural beauty of hair. I personally have found that cocoa butter (natural) is perfect for moisturizing my scalp and adding that luster to my hair as well as helping my hair to resist breakage and strengthening it. It has (my hair) grown by leaps and bounds. I suggest cocoa butter after shampooing. It also brings out the natural waves in my hair. I would not use anything else.
There is a substantial market for products which claim to make weight loss easier, quicker, cheaper, more reliable, or less painful. These include books, DVDs, CDs, cremes, lotions, pills, rings and earrings, body wraps, body belts and other materials, fitness centers, clinics, personal coaches, weight loss groups, and food products and supplements.[23]
Priority chemicals such as propyl-paraben, butyl-paraben, phthalates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-donors, or nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). To truly understand the formulation and the chemicals therein, we also expect full ingredient transparency so we can screen them. This means that generic ingredients like fragrance either need to be natural or have their sub-ingredients listed.
High-risk sexual behavior can lead to the acquisition of sexually transmitted illnesses such as gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, or HIV infection. High-risk sexual behavior is also known to spread human papillomavirus infection, which can lead to cervical cancer in women and other anogenital cancers in both men and women. High-risk sexual behaviors include the following:
I haven’t gone natural yet, but I’m planning too very soon. Right now I’m wearing box braids. Pretty much my whole life I have been doing braids relaxers and weaves. But now I want to go natural and I’m not sure exactly where to start. Should I start by trimming split ends, brushing it all through, moisturizing my scalp, cutting off all my relaxed ends?Between my weaves and braided hairstyles, when my hair is natural for a couple of days, Iv’e noticed that it breaks off a lot becomes flat (after I wash it) and is super dry and incredibly tangled. Should I brush my hair because it’s so tangley? Or should I not because it will tear it out? I’m so lost! HELP!
Perfect for all hair types and texture, these all-natural dry shampoo powders from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve help restore shine and body to your tresses in-between washes. These dry shampoos are perfect for a post-workout refresh, in an overnight bag, or on your next outdoor adventure! Choose from Dark Hair Lavender Rosemary or Light Hair Lavender Rosemary.
Great article. Like most sites you say to use protective styles. With a twa this is not possible. My hair is grey and has multiple textures. I have gone through several products & have not found any that I love but are okay. Most of the curl puddings leave my hair crunchy, so those went out the window. I wash weekly and spritz with h2o, leave in conditioner and oil every day. Any suggestions?
Diets such as DASH or addition of components like gelatin, capsaicin, and green tea have been tried for weight maintenance, but they need more investigation to clarify their long-term effects. Although the DASH diet has numerous health results, its effect on weight loss and maintaining it is still under dispute. As its recommended servings are similar to those that have been discussed earlier, a lot more research is needed in this area. 

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My hair is always wrapped in either a cotton head scarf or silk scarf. Throughout the year my hair is mostly in box braids for at the most 3 months and in Afro form for 1 month. I wash my hair in braid every 2 weeks. My mom says my hair doesn’t grow because my grandmas also doesn’t grow – implying that it’s something I’ve inherited. I’d like to believe that this can’t be true and I hope it doesn’t mean that I should give up on my hair length goals just because it’s something I’ve “inherited”
Detox – If you are new to natural shampooing or no ‘poo then you have to be prepared for a detox phase. Commercial shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which is why most people feel the need to shampoo daily. As your hair is stripped of oils the body signals for the scalp to produce more. In other words: The harsher the shampoo the more oils your body produces. As you wean yourself from commercial shampoos it will take time for your body to re-balance itself and stop producing so much oil. In the meantime you can expect extra grease and general “gross” hair until your body balances back out. This can take anywhere from 2 – 9 weeks. (Yep… this is not for the faint of heart.) The good news is that once your body finds its balance you can expect more manageable hair with only “shampooing” every couple of days (or even only once or twice a week.) 

Taking out hair extensions isn’t as simple as just pulling them out, since they may have compromised fragile, natural hair while you wore them. “Extensions can be drying to the hair because of the harsh chemicals used to manufacture and color them,” says Prestonia. She recommends deep-conditioning your hair as soon as you remove them. It’ll be worth the extra time in your routine.
There's good reason why hairstylist Andre Walker won seven daytime Emmy awards for his work with Oprah for The Oprah Winfrey Show. He's a master at styling hair. And his hair-care line for curly hair ain't bad neither. The standout product hands down is the Quench Essential Oil that's infused with mongongo oil (which means it's great for your skin, too).

An increase in fiber intake is also recommended for regulating bowel movements. Other methods of weight loss include use of drugs and supplements that decrease appetite, block fat absorption, or reduce stomach volume. Bariatric surgery may be indicated in cases of severe obesity. Two common bariatric surgical procedures are gastric bypass and gastric banding.[13] Both can be effective at limiting the intake of food energy by reducing the size of the stomach, but as with any surgical procedure both come with their own risks[14] that should be considered in consultation with a physician. Dietary supplements, though widely used, are not considered a healthy option for weight loss.[15] Many are available, but very few are effective in the long term.[16]


Hair growth occurs in cycles consisting of four phases: Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transitional phase), Telogen (resting phase) and Exogen (shedding phase). Hair grows at different rates for different people; the average rate is around one-half inch per month. Due to a short active growth phase, some people have difficulty growing their hair beyond a certain length.
Detox – If you are new to natural shampooing or no ‘poo then you have to be prepared for a detox phase. Commercial shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which is why most people feel the need to shampoo daily. As your hair is stripped of oils the body signals for the scalp to produce more. In other words: The harsher the shampoo the more oils your body produces. As you wean yourself from commercial shampoos it will take time for your body to re-balance itself and stop producing so much oil. In the meantime you can expect extra grease and general “gross” hair until your body balances back out. This can take anywhere from 2 – 9 weeks. (Yep… this is not for the faint of heart.) The good news is that once your body finds its balance you can expect more manageable hair with only “shampooing” every couple of days (or even only once or twice a week.)

4C hair has the tightest curls of all hair patterns, with hairs forming tight s's, z's or coils. 4C hair shares many of the other characteristics of type 4 hair, and of course, individuals with 4C hair can have different hair densities and porosities, which changes how your hair behaves. However, these are some of the defining qualities of 4C hair:
Muscle spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that come on suddenly and are usually quite painful. Dehydration, doing strenuous exercise in a hot environment, prolonged muscle use, and certain diseases of the nervous system may cause muscle spasms. Symptoms and signs of a muscle spasm include an acute onset of pain and a possible bulge seen or felt beneath the skin where the muscle is located. Gently stretching the muscle usually resolves a muscle spasm.
The blueprint is divided into three pillars: (1) foundation, (2) products, and (3) styling and maintenance. Each of these pillars work to help you improve your natural hair journey. This blueprint is intended to be balanced, however depending on your strengths – you may need to spend more time on certain areas of the blueprint to see real improvements in your natural hair.
Set a regular sleep schedule. When Shives treats insomnia patients, she tells them that although they can't make themselves fall asleep, they can make themselves get up at a certain time the next morning. And though they may be tired at first, if they don't nap, they may start sleeping better during the following nights. "We're going to get nowhere if they take big naps during the day and keep a very erratic sleep schedule; it's chaos then," Shives says.
Josh Rosebrook has created a masterpiece. This spray adds volume to your hair with yucca starch, and works whether you blow-dry, air-dry, or use as a pick-me-up between blowouts. A zippy blend of horsetail, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, and peppermint extracts stimulate the follicles, which in turn yields stronger, healthier hair right from the root.
Hello! I’m African and I transitioned to natural hair (chopped, grew, relaxed once then grew it natural) two years ago. My hair grows really fast, is curly and my scalp is sensitive and itchy – it’s been so since my teenage years. When i braid or weave my hair, it itches a lot more especially just after & in the first week, so I can’t carry it for long as it gets rough quickly. The same for fixing weaves. As a result I try to avoid doing those but I end up just tying my hair in a bun/ponytail and the curly short strands are flying around which is kind of boring and not suited to the work environment. Plus! My hair is grey, I have grey strands all over intermingled with (more) black (this is hereditary). I haven’t really taken care of my hair well, ‘cos it’s resilient () but I want to change that now – I’d really like to know what can take away the itching and generally how to take care of my hair
HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or the "good" cholesterol, and LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or the "bad" cholesterol, are lipoproteins that carry cholesterol through the veins and arteries of the body. HDL and LDL combined, is your "total" blood cholesterol. The difference between the two are that high levels of the "good," or HDL cholesterol, may protect against narrowing of the blood vessels in the body, which protects you against heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. But high levels of LDL, or the "bad" cholesterol, may worsen the narrowing of the blood vessels in the body, which puts you at a greater risk of stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular diseases, some of which are life threatening.
The root cause of many scalp issues stem from hormonal imbalances, dietary zinc deficiency, fungal infections, such as candida and even digestive and constipation issues. It’s important to address these issues, along with using more organic options for natural hair care. If you’re looking to reboot your hair health, Morrocco Method carries a great Healthy Hair Starter Package, which provides a mix of botanicals, clays and essential oils to get you started.
In one recent study, the patients were randomized to a low carbohydrate breakfast (LCb) or an isocaloric diet with a high carbohydrate and protein breakfast (HCPb). In the weight maintenance period, the LCb group regained weight, but the HCPb group continued weight loss and they had lower craving score for sweet, high fat, carbohydrate or starch, and fast foods. Weight change had a positive relationship with the craving score.[27] Table 2 contains the dietary composition changes that may affect weight loss maintenance.
What I have learned about my hair so far is that my hair NEEDS a lot of moisture. I tried a few products and have found that Shea Moisture makes my hair feel really dry and brittle like, Carol’s Daughter is ok, I thought it was great until I tried Cantu’s products. Cantu is WONDERFUL! Originally, the thought of not washing my hair and simply co-washing seemed nasty and unclean. Now, I LOVE to co-wash, especially with Cantu. I have also learned if I do not wash my hair at least once a week my hair will fall out VERY BADLY. When I say bad I mean it looks like I am standing on a hair rug in the shower. It is everywhere, on the walls, on the shower curtain, on my face, on my shoulders and other body parts, it is a mess. That is when I tried to co-wash and I washed my hair every 2-3 days and bam very very little shedding. I also use the leave in conditioner. I did not know that product is not supposed to remain white on your hair after application. This too let me know that I have low porosity hair. Side note: my hair is extremely thick, so the extreme shedding is not noticeable what-so-ever.
I have been natural for 16 yrs. I have recently cut off my locks about 2 mths ago, which were about down to the tip of my waist line. I realize that the weight has caused some balding areas as well as just stress on the hair that may take some time. This article is very helpful, however it speaks to growing the hair. I want to keep my hair short for a while its about 2 inches long. I am looking for something that can loosen my curls and shine my hair. I have been using Nu Expressions scalp care in a white and gold bottle. It smells really good and it makes my hair really soft. Still does not loosen the curl. By half way through the morning my hair is dry and has shrunk back to its original state. Any suggestions.
Not only is this product named well, but it also smells like cake batter, which is sweet in every sense of the word. You can use Knot Sauce on dry or damp hair. Work in sections to lightly detangle with your fingers, and feel all those pesky knots melt away. This stuff uses a blend of plant-based ingredients to help soften the hair and can also be used as a leave-in conditioner.

I’ve been natural for the past 3 years and have not seen any sort of growth whatsoever. I have a hair routine that I follow religiously every week: I apply hair food to my hairline every single night Every Sunday I apply hair food to the rest of my scalp. I would moisturize my entire scalp more often but I am still a high school student and thus don’t have enough time on my hands for that luxury.
I have been a natural for about 3 years now and my hair looks like I just big chopped it. It did grow a little bit but the growth for 3 years is really disappointing. I watch YouTube videos almost everyday on how to create a hair regimen because I believe I don’t even have one. My hair is always in styles like box braids and crochet braids. I hear protective styling is very good to help grow hair but nice my hair is short most styles won’t look good. Especially since I’m starting high school in a couple of months I will not want anyone to see my natural hair because it’s one of my insecurities. I just need help on how to create a regimen because all I do to my hair is Shampoo+ conditioner on Saturday and then I usually put it back into braids and then I leave it alone which I shouldn’t. I need your help!! I want my hair to grow but can I do it while it’s in box braids? 

Detox – If you are new to natural shampooing or no ‘poo then you have to be prepared for a detox phase. Commercial shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which is why most people feel the need to shampoo daily. As your hair is stripped of oils the body signals for the scalp to produce more. In other words: The harsher the shampoo the more oils your body produces. As you wean yourself from commercial shampoos it will take time for your body to re-balance itself and stop producing so much oil. In the meantime you can expect extra grease and general “gross” hair until your body balances back out. This can take anywhere from 2 – 9 weeks. (Yep… this is not for the faint of heart.) The good news is that once your body finds its balance you can expect more manageable hair with only “shampooing” every couple of days (or even only once or twice a week.) 

Anyone with Afro-textured hair knows that it tends to have a mind of its own. Especially when you consider that it's not uncommon for folks with that type of texture to have more than one curl pattern growing from their scalps. You might have looser curls in the back and tighter coils in the front. You may have hair that wants to frizz at your crown but is super defined at your temples. It can get confusing. But fortunately, there are loads of hair-care products out that will help keep your 'fro looking fabulous and your hair super healthy — no matter what it wants to do with itself. We've rounded up the best of everything you need: Leave-in conditioners, oils, gels, shampoos, wide-tooth combs, and oh so much more. Click through for the 27 hair products folks with highly textured hair depend on to keep their strands looking like absolute perfection.
I heard of a trick for trimming hair. I don’t know if it works on 4c hair. The trick was to braid your hair in medium to large braids all over your head. The part of the braid that is thin and sparse is the part to cut off. Do you recommend doing this. The reason I ask is because there are not very many natural hair salons in the area that I live in and I don’t like spending money on hair unless it’s a really good hair product.
We would say don't sleep on this product, but that's exactly what you're meant to do with it. Kaia Naturals' dry shampoo works overnight to absorb oil, zap impurities, and eliminate any sweat and odor on your scalp. Wake up to hair that feels as fresh as if you just washed it. The tinted powder blends in with your hair without being too stark against it, and it smells glorious to boot.
This is huge. And, it confirms prior similar research — a lot of prior similar research. A 2017 study using data from the Health and Retirement Study found that people 50 and older who were normal weight, had never smoked, and drank alcohol in moderation lived on average seven years longer. A 2012 mega-analysis of 15 international studies that included over 500,000 participants found that over half of premature deaths were due to unhealthy lifestyle factors such as poor diet, inactivity, obesity, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking. And the list of supporting research goes on.
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